Inspired by Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There, and nominated by Sarah Bennett of The Further Adventures of Bennett, as well as Elena from Elena’s Travelgram, these are the five places I think everyone should go to at least once! You should go there too!!

 

Paris

 

I love Paris, even in the rain!

I love Paris, even in the rain!

Seriously, what’s not to like about this city? It’s beautiful – romantic, stylish, pretty, cultured, artistic, tasty… it’s pretty much everything I love rolled into one! When I visited it rained the whole time – and it was still absolutely gorgeous. Everyone should visit Paris once, at least to see what all the fuss is about, if not to fall completely head over heels in love with the place.

 

India

 

Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan, India

Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan, India

A strange thing happens when people visit India – they usually love and hate it in equal measures, but find themselves drawn back for more. India is a very human experience, and the reason why people hate it is because it’s confronting, but travellers also love it because it makes better people of them – they begin to understand the real meaning of humanity.

 

Maldives

 

Fesdu Island, Maldives

Fesdu Island, Maldives

I’ve never been to heaven, so I couldn’t tell you what it looks like. But I have been to the Maldives, and they are surely the next best thing. Perfect white sandy beaches fringed by palm trees, crystal clear aqua waters teeming with sea life, an intriguing mix of Indian Ocean tropicana, subcontinental culture and Islamic sensibilities – the Maldives are gorgeous!

 

Esfahan

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Esfahan

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Esfahan

 

Esfahan is an easy city to fall in love with – the grand mosques, the deliciously subtle cuisine, the lifestyle. Iranians often say Esfahan Nesf-e-Jahan (“Esfahan is half the world”), and they’re not wrong – Esfahan is Iran’s Paris. History, culture, civilisation and magic seem to meet here – poetry by the river, falooda in the square, kebabs on the main street.

 

Tokyo

Cosplayers, goths and the rest at Jingu-bashi (Jingu Bridge), Harajuku, Tokyo

Cosplayers, goths and the rest at Jingu-bashi (Jingu Bridge), Harajuku, Tokyo

 

♥ Tokyo! This city is a little bit mad, and I love it for that! Just when you think things couldn’t get any weirder, they do. But then just when you thought that things were about to get even more eccentric, Tokyo yanks you back into the humble abode of traditional Japanese culture. What’s better than a city which keeps you guessing?

 

(The next step – I nominate 20 Years Hence, FlightsandFrustrations.com, eTramping, Far Flung Places and Voyager for Life to “Go there!” See  for details!)

Comments (12)

  • Jared Reply

    Great post, it seems the Maldives are featuring highly among these posts. 🙂

    May 29, 2014 at 5:47 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      There’s definitely a reason for that – it’s simply gorgeous!! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

      May 30, 2014 at 3:32 am
  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) Reply

    Great selections, Tim! (Even though we’ve only been 2 to of them! But we’re currently in Paris RIGHT NOW!) Would LOVE to visit Iran some day—the architecture looks absolutely stunning & out of this world. And of course, we need to make it to the Maldives to dive! And India for the food and, well, because it’s India! 😀

    May 29, 2014 at 5:49 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Ooooh Paris right now? Awesome!! I’m semi-jealous (only ‘semi’ because I’m still having the time of my life where I am!!)
      And yes, Iran must be on the cards – let me know if you plan to visit, I’ll be happy to share tips! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

      May 30, 2014 at 3:33 am
  • Elena Reply

    Though I think that Maldives are a bit overrated and pricey as a result. There are a lot of other paradise-like isles scattered around the world, yet I’m still dying to visit them :)) The paradox of me.

    May 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Yeah, the Maldives are definitely pricey, but they are simply stunning. Definitely not a backpacker destination – although there are ways to save money I believe. I’d go back in a heartbeat! And thanks for reading, and the nomination 🙂

      May 30, 2014 at 3:34 am
  • Agness Reply

    I’m in for the Maldives. It’s gonna be my honeymoon destination (in 10 years or so) :D!

    May 30, 2014 at 11:32 am
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Sounds perfect!! Thanks for reading Agness! 😀

      May 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm
  • The Guy Reply

    Great choices Tim, I’ve been to Paris numerous times and would love to go to The Maldives some day.

    June 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Yes, you absolutely must go to the Maldives once – it’s expensive, but totally worth it!! 😀 Thanks for reading!

      June 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm
  • Fay & Chris Blight Reply

    After talking to friends of Sue & Graeme’s at the wedding about your travels, they asked for your web details as they wanted to have a look. We decided tonight to have a look ourselves as we knew there had been some changes made. Most impressive Tim and your photography is fantastic. You have truly had a very rich and rewarding life through determination, hard work and an ever inquiring mind searching for worthwhile knowledge. We hope you are proud of your efforts as we are proud of you.

    October 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Thanks so much!! Very sweet words – yes, it seems the hard work is beginning to pay off! Thank God 🙂

      Thanks for reading xx

      October 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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